guide to diamonds
CHOOSING A DIAMOND RING IS FULL OF LOVE, COMMITMENT - AND INDECISION
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend – and a stressful purchase decision.
When a couple enters a jewelry store, or surfs an online diamond retail website, they are often overwhelmed by the choices before them. Of course, with prior research, you know what diamond shape you like, what your budget is, and the approximate carat weight you can afford. But this is not enough to really know the diamond, in the most intimate way, to ensure your choice is the right one.
Choosing a Ring
When shopping for the perfect engagement ring and wedding band sets, the sheer volume of choices can be overwhelming. This checklist is your beginner’s guide to some popular contemporary ring styles and settings.
Single or Multiple Stones
A solitaire setting refers to rings that have a single diamond set in a traditional raised six-prong setting. This classic style is ideal to enhance the sparkle and size of the diamond. In contrast, a multi-stone setting provides a different silhouette design, and the diamonds are typically mounted lower to the band. Multi-stone settings can contain multiple diamonds, or a diamond surrounded by other precious stones, such as sapphires or rubies.
Simple or Adorned Stones
Another popular way to enhance the center stone is to add a fine border of smaller diamonds. This creates an optical illusion of a larger center stone. This technique, sometimes referred to as a halo setting, can be set with matching sized diamonds to maximize the shape of the center stone, or staggered with a variety of diamond sizes for a bold and modern look.
Simple or Adorned Bands
The ring band is another great opportunity to add personalized style and elegance. Band adornment styles range from a simple row of pave diamonds to fully customizable designs incorporating ornate swirls and a wide variety of materials and precious stones.
The wedding band material, once traditionally a choice of yellow gold or silver, now has a wide range of options including titanium, white gold, rose gold, and non-traditional materials such as hammered raw metals, even wood or bamboo. A popular trend in band design is using mixed materials, such as multiple types of metal and diamond accents.
Coordinating Wedding Bands
Finally, it’s important to consider how your engagement ring and wedding band will stack together. While some jewelry designers offer coordinating sets that include both the engagement and wedding ring, it’s equally likely that the rings will be purchased stand-alone. Be sure to inform your jeweler of your style preferences. and explore if a custom-designed solution is right for you.